When Laree Gadenne steps onto the red carpet next week, she will be realising a long-held dream to write, film and produce her own TV series.
Ms Gadenne came up with the concept for the show, Hard Knock Life¸ several years ago and has been hard at work with a team of Sunshine Coast creatives and professionals since March last year.
With final edits being completed last month, the show will premiere at a glamorous red carpet event on April 17.
The six-part series, which is being pitched to Australian television companies and online streaming giants, explores the ups, downs and jaw-dropping moments of love, life and relationships through four main characters.
“We have been able to use local professionals for every aspect of the show’s creation,” Ms Gadenne tells My Weekly Preview. “We definitely have a lot of talent on the Coast, whether it is behind or in front of the camera.”
Having spent two years in London featuring in movies and Netflix shows, Ms Gadenne’s drive for creating her own show was palpable and with the help of a Sunshine Coast Council Regional Arts Development Fund grant and her own savings, she was able to engage her own company, Karizmatik Productions, to direct the episodes.
“It’s an unbelievable experience and feeling to see your work come to life,” she says.
All scenes for the episodes were shot on the Coast, giving more than 100 local actors and crew members the opportunity to take part.
Be the first to see two episodes. Tickets are $10 for the launch at Solbar’s Playhouse on April 17 at 6pm. Visit karizmatikproductions.com/hardknocklife.